Moving to London is not quite the same as settling into your new life. In the months leading up to your international relocation and in the weeks after you arrive; you’ll be frantically busy. Planning your relocation will take up time, energy and probably quite a bit of money. If you’re moving as part of a corporate relocation you will probably be helped through your move by one of the specialist London relocation agents. What happens after you have moved in though, is largely up to you.

Getting settled after your relocation

The first thing you need to do is explore your immediate neighborhood. Find out where the most important amenities are located. The most important is probably going to be your local tube or train station. Establish how long it will take you to walk there in the morning and add that to your commute time. If you are new here you may want to do a test run of your morning commute before you start your new job.

Purchase an Oyster Card or Travelcard for your commute to work and back. It’ll save you money each month and time at the station in the morning when you’re juggling a coffee and your briefcase.

You’ll have to eat at some stage after your arrival, and as easy and delightful as take out sounds, it can get tiring after a week or two! Find out where your local grocery store is located. Many neighborhoods have large grocery stores, but if yours is a little way from you, and you do want to do a big shop, then check out the online home delivery option that all of the major retailers offer.

The chances are that you won’t know many people after your relocation. If you have a particular hobby, or play a sport then see if you can join a group in your neighborhood. There is no limit to the clubs, groups and societies that you can join after your relocation. If all else fails and you’re not a sportsman or have a particular hobby, head down to your local pub for a beer and introduce yourself to some of the locals.